Before you begin creating the perfect smokey eye effect, you have to take care of your eyes and surrounding skin. Since you will be applying a few layers of makeup to your eyes, a healthy canvas is a must. Too much makeup can dry out and irritate your skin or create oily patches that lead to blemishes. In order to avoid puffy, red and irritated eyes, here are a few tips to prepare your skin.
Consider using a moisturizer to improve the skin's texture and tone. A moisturizer will add a protective barrier to your skin to keep water and natural oils in. Those with normal or oily skin should select and use a water-based moisturizer [source: Mayo Clinic]. If you suffer from dry skin, an oil-based moisturizer can provide some relief. Remember to pay extra attention to the skin under the eyes and on the eyelids when moisturizing, as it is some of the thinnest skin on the body.
Choose makeup labeled noncomedogenic. These products are made with ingredients that do not clog pores so breakouts are less likely to occur. You should also check the expiration date on products and store them correctly -- keeping them in damp, warm places, especially the bathroom, can cause them to expire sooner [source: WebMD].
Use tweezers to pluck away stray eyebrow hairs from between the eyes. Your eyebrow line should follow the arch of your brow bone, so don't forget those straggling hairs that create an uneven bottom brow line. Clean eyebrows will enhance the smokey eye effect.
Now that your eyes have been moisturized and protected, you are ready to take the plunge and begin with your smokey eye shadow. Read on to find out how you can transform bland eyes into spectacular ones.